Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brent, Alicia, and Tirzah Susan's visit February 10-16

We thoroughly enjoyed the Susans coming to visit us this past week. We had a relaxing time together, played games, had music, loved on Tirzah, visited and solved all of the world's problems. Here are samples of the many pictures we took while they were here.
Tirzah lovin' Grandpa Rowen

Tirzah having "personal 'votions"

Alicia and Emily playing hymns together

Alicia enjoying some hot tea.

Lincoln and Tirzah reading Bible stories together.

Grandpa Rowen terrifying Tirzah in a giggly sort of way.

Alicia teaching Tirzah Spanish

Beth reading to Tirzah before bed

Jason playing "Stacking Hands" with Tirzah at McDonalds

Tirzah telling Jeffrey all about it!

Emily and Tirzah

Tirzah getting ready to play a special song for us.

Family picture taken on our walk around Johnstown Lake

Some of us on the pier.

Last picture before heading to the airport with them!

The Master's Fine Art Gallery in Loveland

While the Susans were visiting us, we took them to the Master's Fine Art Gallery in Loveland, CO. It is a favorite place that we like to go because the art is uplifting and we don't have to worry about what our children are being exposed to there. It is all Christ-honoring, and that is why it is named the Master's Fine Art. All of the art there celebrates Christ as the Creator of "all things wise and beautiful, all creatures great and small." Linda King, the curator, is a warm and friendly person. I want this post to be an advertisement for the beauty she is waiting to share. Click on the link for the hours she is open. There are many other beautiful and unique pieces of art besides the pictures I have posted.

Linda always tells us that children are allowed to touch the sculptures.

Nearly everything there is for sale. Notice the card giving the name of the artist for the pottery. We think it is very special that a lady artist has part of my name and Rowen's as her real name! We bought a piece of this pottery the last time we visited, just because of that fact. Raku is a special technique used that makes each piece of pottery unique from any other.

We were glad Brent, Alicia, and Tirzah got to enjoy one of our favorite places with us!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Beth is home from NC!

In January, Beth spent 3 weeks in Eure, NC with her cousins, Shari and Eric Earhart, helping after the arrival of their newest blessing, Miles, who was born December 22. Here is just a sample of the many pictures she took while she was there.
Beth with baby Miles

Eric with his quiver-full of blessings piled around him!

Shari and Missi

Beth, Mandi, and the quilt block Beth got to make, to be included in the quilt Shari is making for Mandi!

We are glad to have Beth back, but we know her helping hands are missed in NC!

Tubing with the Petersons

On January 27, our friend, Lexi Peterson, had a birthday. She invited Jason and Emily to go snow tubing with her and her dad for her birthday. They went to Beaver Meadows, a place we have gone many times through the years for cross country skiing and tubing. It was a beautiful day and they had a great time.
This is the tubing hill looking down from the top.

The birthday girl on her tube.

The double tube option!

Lexi and Emily starting back up the hill.

Lexi's dad, Kevin, the adult sponsor of the fun!

Coming down!

Warming up with hot chocolate!

Jason took a lot of the pictures, so he didn't get in very many.

Emily and Lexi making friends with the bears!

Emily, looking sweet and happy!

The Rest of Rowen's birthday

We went over to Greeley to Rowen's sister, Esther's house for an special meal the day after Rowen's birthday. Mary, Rowen's older sister who was visiting, and Esther, made the delicious food. (The salad was All-American, as was the apple pie we had for dessert.)

Rowen wore his new birthday shirt, especially made for him and brought to him by Mary when she came. I wore the shawl that she brought for me this trip.

The cousins sang Happy Birthday to Rowen.

It was a wonderful evening with our extended Albertson family.